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for a new california. dr drawdawn. as the pullout approaches, the last full brigade of combat troops leaves iraq. salmonella scare. hundred of millions of eggs are recalled after salmonella outbreaks across the country. and raging bull. an athletic bull fights back and sets off a wild scramble in the stand of a spanish bullring. this is the "cbs morning news" for thursday, august 19, 2010. good morning. thanks for joining us. i'm emily smith in for betty nguyen. it's a milestone for the u.s. military in iraq where more than 4,000 american troops have died since 2003. today the u.s. army's last full
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combat brigade left iraqi soil as the military nears president obama's deadline for ending all combat operations by august 31st. whit johnson is in washington this morning with more. good morning, whit. >> reporter: good morning to you. "operation iraqi freedom" is coming to an end. "operation new dawn" will soon begin. but many questions still remain about the future of iraq and the american troops who will stay behind. >> woo! >> reporter: the last american combat brigade in iraq is on its way home. >> it's good to finally get to this point. of course, everyone's excited. >> reporter: thousands of soldiers from the 4th stryker brigade rolled into kuwait earlier this morning, more than seven years after the u.s. invasion began. >> finally getting out and realizing that this could be the last time i wear that kit in the wild. nice feeling. >> reporter: while the pullout is well ahead of president obama's august 31st deadline "operation iraqi freedom" isn't officially over yet. the pentagon says another 6,000 combat troops won't leave until the end of the month.
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even then, 50,000 noncombat troops will stay in iraq until next year. >> our commitment in iraq is changing, from a military effort led by our troops to a civilian effort led by our diplomats. >> reporter: president obama is on target to fulfill one of his many campaign promises. he vowed to have all u.s. forces out of iraq by 2011. but what happens to iraq after the u.s. leaves remains unclear. just monday a suicide blast in an iraqi military recruitment center killed 61 people and injured more than 100 others. political instability is also a big concern. iraq has yet to form a new government. >> this allows iraq to get kind of back on good footing and export oil and do the things that iraq becomes a part of the worldwide global community. then we really have succeeded in the 7 1/2 years we've been there. >> reporter: but those years came with a price. 4,415 american troops were killed, sacrifices these soldiers will remember long
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after they've returned home. the official pullout date for american forces is december 31, 2011, but many military analysts believe the iraqi government will ask for an extension so it's possible u.s. troops could stay in iraq much longer. emily? >> whit johnson in washington, thank you. in afghanistan today, nato reports another american service member killed by a bomb in a southern province. at least 17 americans troops have died in afghanistan so far this month. federal health officials are investigating an expanding recall of eggs linked to hundreds of cases of salmonella. now 380 million eggs produced in iowa. three states have had salmonella linked to the eggs. in iowa a health official says 12 to 72 hours after eating contaminated eggs a person will develop flu-like symptoms.
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>> you're probably going to have some kind of abdominal cramps that started off. you're probably going to have a fever. you're probably going to have severe diarrhea. >> the recalled eggs are retailed nationwide under more than a dozen brand names and also sold wholesale to food service companies. the muslim religious leader behind plans to build a mosque near the world trade center site in new york is leaving today on a trip paid for by the u.s. state department. imam feisal abdul rauf's tour of the persian gulf will cost u.s. taxpayers $16 tou. his trips to bahrain, qatar to and united emirates to promote religious tolerance. meanwhile, the fierce debate over the planned mosque continues to test religious tolerance in this country. as jeff glor reports, some lining up on each side of the issue are surprising. >> reporter: the president's remarks sounded straightforward if asked if he regretted
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entering the debate. >> no comment. >> reporter: last week he said he supported the rights of muslim to build a mosque and saturday he appeared to backtrack by saying he wouldn't comment on the wisdom of this specific plan. now, more prominent names weigh in every day. some staking out perhaps surprising positions. theodore olson, a republican and former bush administration solicitor general said he supports the plan, even though his wife died in a plane that hit the pentagon on september 11th. >> i do believe people of all religions have places to build place of worship or study where the community allows them to do it under zoning laws. >> reporter: but today the catholic leader of new york arch bishop timothy dough man seemed to suggest it might be better to move the current planned location, which is two blocks from ground zero. >> keep the idea and maybe move the address. >> reporter: the latest poll shows most new yorkers, 63%, oppose the mosque. what was once a local zoning
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discussion has turned into the summer's most heated national political debate. jeff glor, cbs news, new york. a side line to the flap over the mosque is the apparently increasing number of americans who incorrectly believe president obama is a muslim. a poll connected by the pew research center for the associated press shows 18% of americans now think mr. obama is muslim, up from 11% last year. just 34% said correctly he is a christian. the largest share, 43%, don't know. in peru this morning, american lori berenson is back in jail. after a court revoked her parole. she turned herself in wednesday in lima. she was paroled in may after serving 15 years of a 20-year sentence for aiding communist guerrilla. she's likely to be freed again in a few days. on the "cbs moneywatch," strong gains by asia stocks. terrell brown is here with more. >> good morning to you. good to see you. asian stocks were lifted by tech stocks on news of rising demand
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for computer chips. japan's nikkei rose more than 1%. hong kong's hang seng was also higher. today wall street gets a look at weekly jobless claim numbers. wednesday profit retail reports kept stocks on the upside. let's get a look at the numbers here. the dow gained 9 points. the nasdaq added 6. general motors is going public again. wednesday the automaker filed paperwork with the s.e.c. for an initial public offering of stock, 13 months after the company emerged from bankruptcy, thanks to a $50 billion government bailout. the stock sale could come as early as october. gm, by the way, still owes american taxpayers $43 billion. 81% of americans say the economy is in poor shape and most don't believe president obama is making it any better. the latest associated press poll gives the president his worst marks on the economy. 61% say the economy has gotten worse under his watch and 56% don't approve of how he's handling it. facebook will let your friends know where you are.
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wednesday the social networking site unveiled a new feature called facebook places that allows you to update your location along with a status and lets users check into locations such as restaurants, bars or concerts. just when you thought it was impossible, a another new fee from airlines to talk about. american says it's now charging between $19 and $39 for express seats. those spots are in the first few rows of coach, including bulk head seats. as an extra bonus travelers that are willing to pony up that extra dough will get to board the plane first. not sure what will come next here. they'll start charging for peanuts and pretzels. >> for the air we breathe. >> seems like it. >> terrell brown here in new york, thanks. just ahead on the morning news -- are you feeling stressed? it may be the city you live in. plus, flood results. a crime lab is under fire for shoddy work. first, katie couric with a preview of tonight's "cbs evening news." >> i'm katie couric in kabul.
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after nine years of fighting, what is the new strategy for victory in afghanistan? is this war even winnable? and is it worth the sacrifice? i'll talk with the top u.s. commander, general david petraeus, tonight on the "cbs evening news." ♪ [ female announcer ] we've got stains, down to a science. new wisk, with our breakthrough stain spectrum technology targets all the major stain groups like proteins, carbohydrates and oils. its enzymes and cleaning agents tackle a full range of stains. you'll never look at stains the same way again. for a more powerful clean, try new wisk. fight stains with science.
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houston was third because people work longer hours there than in any other city on the list. tampa, florida, and riverside, california, rounded out the top five. a north carolina crime lab is under the microscope itself. a review of the state's bureau of investigation found many lab test results were falsified to help prosecutors make a better case. 80 of the defendant are still in prison, four on death row but three have already been executed. kendis gibson reports. >> reporter: results are scathing, omissions, overstatements and falsifieded blood work, a probe of north carolina's crime lab found more than 200 criminal cases should be re-examined because an lis may have helped prosecutors. >> it could are resulted in swayings where information that was favorable to the defendant was not disclosed. >> reporter: the investigation followed the release of greg taylor earlier this year. he was exonerated after spending 16 years in prison for murder. a lab agent admitted he withheld crucial information in the case.
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the review found taylor wasn't alone. of 15,000 cases, there were problems with 230. >> i firmly believe in the interest of justice that the full case files in each of these cases should be reviewed by both prosecutors and appropriate defense counsel. >> reporter: one of those cases, the conviction of four men for the murder of nba legend michael jordan's father in 1993. investigators found the crime lab reported there was blood at the crime scene but didn't acknowledge four inconclusive follow-up tests. an attorney for the innocence project, which helps free wrongly convicted prisoners, says the results of the review are appalling. >> this isn't just a case of one fraudulent scientist. this is a crime lab that had policies and procedures in place that allowed for analysts to not report critical information. >> reporter: the crime lab changed its testing operations in 2003, but that may be too
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late for dozens of defendants. kendis gibson, cbs news. straight ahead, your thursday morning weather. in sports, a wild finish to the dodgers/rockies game in los angeles. dodgers/rockies game in los angeles. if you fight to sleep in the middle of the night, why go one more round ? you don't need a rematch, but a rethink. with lunesta. lunesta is thought to interact with gaba receptors associated with sleep. lunesta helps you get the restful sleep you need. lunesta has some risk of dependency. when taking lunesta, don't drive or operate machinery until you feel fully awake. walking, eating, driving or engaging in other activities while asleep without remembering it the next day have been reported. abnormal behaviors may include aggressiveness, agitation, hallucinations, or confusion. in depressed patients, worsening of depression, including risk of suicide, may occur. alcohol may increase these risks. allergic reactions such as tongue or throat swelling occur rarely and may be fatal. side effects may include unpleasant taste,
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denver, thunderstorms, 87. los angeles, sunny, 90. time now for a check of the national forecast. the latest satellite picture shows much of the south covered by thick clouds while most of the north, except for the great lakes, is clear. later today a couple more inches of rain could fall over the soaked southeast. there's a chance of severe storms over the northern plains. in the northeast, it is sunny and looking wonderful. in sports, a dramatic ending at dodgers stadium with the score tied in the top of the tenth inning, one of three wild pitches by the dodgers scored the go ahead run for colorado. then in the bottom of the tenth, a bloop single got away from rocky center fielder dexter fowler but he recovered quickly and the relay throw to home plate beat the dodgers' reed johnson and colorado defeated los angeles 3-2. atlanta rookie jason heyward lined a single to center field for another walkoff win for the braves. atlanta's 3-2 win keeps the braves at the top of the national league eastern division by 2 1/2 games over philly.
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and tampa bay got home runs from evan longoria and upton as they swept a three-game series from texas. the 8-6 victory keeps the rays tied with the yankees in the american league east. the big mystery is solved. brett favre was back on the practice field with the minnesota vikings wednesday. just shy of his 41st birthday, he decided to play for a 20th season after a little arm-twisting from teammates. >> the only thing that mattered is those guys in the locker room because if i didn't hear one word from those guys, if they turned their back and said, hey, thanks, it would have been a little easier. >> but he will also make more money. favre is reportedly getting a $3.5 million raise to more than $16 million this season. when we return, another look at this morning's top stories. college blues -- why incoming freshman have a lot of catching up to do in their studies. catcto do if their studies.
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because of potential contamination. good morning. i'm john kessler. and i'm julie watts in for sydnie kohara. the recall has now expanded to more than a quarter billion eggs. hundreds of people across the nation have been sickened. and the number of people getting sick in the bay area is growing. coming up at five: the bay area city hit the hardest. on again.. off again... on again. furlough fridays are back... and i-o- us could be around the corner. when state offices such as the d-m-v will start closing for three days each month. and it's goodbye iraq... the last u-s combat brigate on it's way home... ahead of schedule. and how your fastrak transponder can lead to phone sex. join us for cbs 5 eyewitness news early edition ... beginning at five.
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on the on the "cbs morning news," here's a look at today's weather. heavy rains over the southeast have brought about several inches of water. storms continue today. great weather is coming through over the northeast and much of the west coast. monsoon rains are on the move through parts of the southwest. here's another look at this morning's top stories. today's withdrawal of a u.s. army stryker brigade from iraq is a milestone. it was the last full combat brigade left in the country. all u.s. combat operations in iraq will end within two weeks. salmonella outbreaks have prompted an expanded egg recall. 380 million eggs from iowa are being recalled. that's 32 million dozen. now to surprising news about college freshmen starting classes this fall and their academic readiness. 1.6 million students took the
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a.c.t. took the test but fewer tan a quarter showed the skills needed to pass entry-level college courses. jim axelrod reports. >> reporter: it's the annual mid-august ritual for college students. moving into their dorms. >> i'm excited. >> the classes i'm taking seem interesting. >> reporter: tests suggest an alarming number of high school graduates are arriving on campus unprepared for college class work. >> i've always had a hard time with math and science. toes are my two hardest subjects. i don't feel i was prepared for when i went to college. >> reporter: those are two of four subjects measured by the a.c.t., a test taken mainly in the midwest and south that measures if students know enough to pass first-year college courses. 28% were unprepared to pass one of the subjects the a.c.t. pers, path, reading, english and science. >> we have a lot of work to do, especially in math and science. >> reporter: a lot. one recent study concluded high
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school students in 23 other countries were outperforming u.s. students in math. students in 16 countries were outperforming u.s. students in science. and nine countries did better in literacy. >> who will step up to his challenge? >> me. >> reporter: while some reformers encourage students to take harder courses in high school, others say the solution lies in a more comprehensive overhaul. >> we cannot have a school day that's six hours. we can't have a school year that's 180 days. the time on task is one of the things that drives students' success. both our school day and our school year are far too short. >> reporter: once they get to college, the news is no more encouraging. 30% of students who start college in year one don't come back for year two. jim axelrod, cbs news, new york. some alabama teenagers have taken the basketball trick shot to a whole new level. they took aim from 130 feet up
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while riding the stratosphere. took about 50 tries but eventually nothing but net. i'm emily smith. this is the "cbs morning news." stratosphere. we've got to capture. my job is to hunt it down. i'm fred lemond, and i'm in charge of bp's efforts to remove oil from these waters. bp has taken full responsibility for the cleanup and that includes keeping you informed. you may have heard that oil is no longer flowing into the gulf, but our spotter planes and helicopters will keep searching for any oil. we use satellite images, infrared and thermal photography to map and target the oil. we're finding less oil every day, but we've still got thousands of vessels ready to clean it up. local shrimp and fishing boats, organized into task forces and strike teams. plus, specialized skimmers from around the world. we've skimmed over 35 million gallons of oil/water mixture and removed millions more with other methods. i grew up on the gulf coast and i love these waters. as long as there's oil out there that could make it ashore,
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i'm gonna do everything i can to stop it. bp's commitment is that we will see this through. and we'll be here as long as it takes to clean up the gulf.
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president obama heads to martha's vineyard today for the start of a family vacation. on wednesday he wrapped up a three-day fund-raising trip that took him to the battleground state of ohio. there he told the crowd that the economy is growing. but new poll numbers suggest that's a tough sell. joel brown reports. >> reporter: president obama is pushing his economic plans everywhere from high-dollar fund-raisers to this ohio backyard. he met with people in a columbus neighborhood on the last day of a multi-state campaign style swing across the country, aimed at selling his plan to fix the nation's economic problems. >> we can't go back to doing things the way we were doing them before. we've got to go forward. >> reporter: the president may have a tough time making that argument.
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a new associated press poll shows 61% of voters think the economy has stayed the same or gotten worse since he took office. now, he's asking for patience. >> a lot of it's sort of like recovering from an illness. you get a little stronger each day and you take a few more steps each day. >> reporter: but the obama administration is running short on time. the president has less than three months to convince voters he's got a plan to revive the sagging economy. in november, a third of the u.s. senate in every seat in the house of representatives is up for grabs. the white house is fighting hard to help democrats stay in power, so the president can advance his agenda. his top aides are taking no chances. they've paired his speeches on economy with big fund-raisers. president obama has raised millions of dollars this week for democratic candidates facing tough races in the fall. joel brown, cbs news, the white house. in a bright spot for the
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economy, general motors has taken a major step in its comeback from bankruptcy. on wednesday it filed papers to start selling stock again. the initial public offering comes as the company's profits are on the rise. anthony mason reports. >> reporter: gm has been jokingly called government motors since the bailout, but general motors formally filed to become a public company again. >> this is not just an effort to raise $18 billion or $20 billion. it is a major relaunch of the general motors brand. >> reporter: the filing comes just 13 months after a leaner, meaner gm emerged from bankruptcy. it has trimmed its models from eight to four, paid off almost two-thirds of its debt and in just two years cut its work force from 93,000 to 53,000. a date for the stock sale has not been set but it's likely to happen by november. >> the president does not want to have the obama motors or government motors chant on the
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campaign trail. >> reporter: the government is not expected to sell its shares immediately and gm said in a statement that taxpayers would continue to own a substantial interest in the company following the offering. anthony mason, cbs news, new york. and that's the "cbs morning news" for this thursday. thanks for being here with us. we hope you'll join us a little later for "the early show." i'm emily smith. have a great day. ,, ????????
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and i'm julie watts. sydnie on vacation. good morning. it's thursday, august 19. how are y'all doing? >> oh, i'm okay. >> waking up. >> hey, egg

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